DOUG Christiansen believes Sheffield Steelers off-ice team has to get itself in order -to give the skaters the best possible chance of victory next season.
The new coach, currently on duty with the GB team in Hungary, has made it plain that every area of the club will undergo inspection.
The American said: “I sat down with a number of the (returning Steelers) players and staff on Thursday.
“It was a chance for me to hear about the ways we can improve the club both from a results point of view but also off-ice. I believe a lot of factors go into winning a title.
“It is not just special teams and goaltending. It is working hard to make sure the apartments are great, the physios are excellent and the personal trainers are focused on player improvement.
“I have liked what I have heard so far and I believe there are things we did well in Belfast that I can bring to the Steelers.
“Our primary focus is to reshape the culture. I need to make the every player I speak to this summer knows that we are intent on winning.
“The players need to know the club is doing everything to ensure success. It is my goal for the fans to see the cultural changes and to believe in the process.”
Christiansen said the devil was in the detail.
“It is up to the off-ice staff to raise our game in order for the players to raise their’s.
“I know that the Steeler staff is motivated. This is a process. It is about everyday trying to improve an area of the club. If over the next 4 months we get better daily, the sky is the limit. It might be a change that no one ever knows about but it can make all the difference.
“I will be back from the World Championships in just over a week. In the meantime, I am excited to work with the best hockey player in Britain. It is an honor to be on the staff of the national team.”